Book Review: The Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

These books mean a lot to me. I read these in middle and high school, and I think they have a lot to offer to younger, and even older people.

These books do a really good job of making even the most different of people feel special. It has a really unique way of creating heroes with ‘disabilities’, all of the demigods in this series suffer from dyslexia and ADHD. I think this is an awesome thing that Riordan has incorporated into his books. It’s helpful for kids who suffer from these disabilities and it also creates a connection for kids without the disabilities, they can relate and understand people who struggle with these things.

I also think these books are good in general for any middle grade kids because it does a good job of showing the different struggles kids go through and how they can cope with it. In these books no one is perfect, all of the kids have some sort of struggle, most of them have dead a beat parent(s), a few have abusive parents/step parents, and some have no parents. These books are a good crutch for kids to lean on if they have some sort of struggle going on.

On a different note, these books are amazingly fun! Astounding adventure, freaky prophecies, and tons of mythology. It’s like the funnest way to learn about ancient history. Plus it has beautiful messages hidden inside of it.

Like the main character Percy most kids need to learn the same lessons about themselves as he does. It’s best said like this,“If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.”

I recommend these books mostly to middle graders, but I think anyone can enjoy these books!

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5/5 I love these books and I think they should be required reading in school!

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Anniversary!

So on the 11th was mine and my boyfriends 4th anniversary. We went to dinner and all the normal stuff, but the reason for this post is really an appreciation post to my boyfriend Richard! I really wanna show off the super cool gift he got me!

Anyone who knows me, knows that I have a strange obsession with Lord of The Rings. There has been this cute little leather bound book set of LOTR sitting up at the register counter where I work, since I started. I have not shut up about it, anytime a customer picked it up I would cringe and tell Richard about it when I got home.

So we went to the bookstore on my day off, the day after our anniversary, so that I could trade in some books for in store credit. Richard decided to buy me the little book set, so that I would finally be happy and quit spazzing anytime anyone touched it.

It’s beautiful and looks so wonderful in my apartment!

 

They’re so cute and little, and no the print isn’t teeny tiny, the pages are like bible pages, so there is a lot of them. The leather covers feel awesome and the books look great. They have beautiful illustrations, and just look so amazing! It’s a cool set to have!

Enough about my presents, I also got Richard something.

The Walking Dead and a Swear Word Coloring Book! What else could you ever ask for?! He loves them by the way!

I got these beauties at my work also! So if you find yourself in Corvallis, head to the Book Bin and check out all of our awesome stuff!

 

Book Case Club Box

A few days ago I received my first bookcase.club box and it was awesome. I’m subscribed to the Strange Worlds box for about $15 a month and I would say that, so far, it’s worth it!

Here is a picture of what was in my box this month!

I have started reading Positive by David Wellington. I was given a hardback copy of the book, with a value of$18.35, and here is the description of the book from Amazon:

Anyone can be positive . . .

The tattooed plus sign on Finnegan’s hand marks him as a Positive. At any time, the zombie virus could explode in his body, turning him from a rational human into a ravenous monster. His only chance of a normal life is to survive the last two years of the potential incubation period. If he reaches his twenty-first birthday without an incident, he’ll be cleared.

Until then, Finn must go to a special facility for positives, segregated from society to keep the healthy population safe. But when the military caravan transporting him is attacked, Finn becomes separated. To make it to safety, he must embark on a perilous cross-country journey across an America transformed—a dark and dangerous land populated with heroes, villains, madmen, and hordes of zombies. And though the zombies are everywhere, Finn discovers that the real danger may be his fellow humans.

*****

So far it’s relatively interesting, I haven’t gotten very far into it yet, I will definitely fill you in with a review when I am done!

The next book is Liberators by James Wesley Rawles, it is a paperback with an $11 value. The description from Amazon is as follows:

New York Times bestselling author James Wesley, Rawles has won a large readership among the growing ranks of survivalists and preppers with novels that combine fast-paced adventure with useful how-to information. Set against a backdrop of global socioeconomic collapse, Liberators features Afghanistan War vet Ray McGregor and Phil Adams, a Defense Intelligence Agency officer. When the United States is engulfed by chaos, a tyrannical army of occupation ruthlessly restores order. Operating out of a sparsely populated town in remote western Canada, the two men fight the occupiers to ensure not only their own survival, but also the future of North America.

*****

So for $15 I receive two new books for my collection and a cool little note from the distributor. I really enjoy this book box, and depending on the next few boxes I might switch to the young adult subscription to try out different books! We shall see. I think this box is awesome, the books are in perfect shape, and they’re actually really interesting.

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I’d say this box is a 4/5 because I’m not so sure that Liberators is my kind of book, but the books are in awesome shape and definitely fit the theme!

Book Slump

I’m in a book slump, not the typical kind, but the kind where you have so many books going at once that you can’t finish any of them. I have like six books going right now and I’m having a hard time balancing it out and finishing a book to review.

Here’s a couple of the books I’m reading, The Merciless, Do dogs laugh?, Jackaby, Clash of Kings, and I’m rereading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and The Lightning Thief…

I have a serious issue when it comes to keeping to one or two books at a time. Does anyone else struggle with this? Is there a secret method to keeping a thousand books with plots and subplots in order? Who has time for so many books all at once?

Stark’s Emergency (Week Long Absence)

I have had quite the eventful week in all honesty. Last Tuesday my puppy starting getting sick and by Thursday morning, he hadn’t gotten sick Wednesday, he was getting pretty violently sick, he had some blood in his stools (Yuck!). So Richard and I jumped up at 8 AM and rushed him to the emergency hospital just down the road, not our normal vet.

We walk into the hospital in hysterics, crying and freaking out. None of the staff wanted to take us seriously. They get us a room and inform us that it would be a for sure $95 visit just to do vitals and look at him, so we agree and they start checking him out. I would like to note that the male nurse we had was an awesome dude, he seemed to really care. The actual doctor, not so much.

The doctor came in and pretty much made it sound like we were being ridiculous, and informed us that everything we had told her didn’t really help her. I might add that I was very responsible and brought all of his medical records, and we told her everything that happened and told her about any suspicion we had on his ailment.

She decided they were going to blood work and an X-Ray to check and see if he had some sort of intestinal blockage or pancreatitis. They also wanted to keep him all night. They drew up an estimate for us, they were gonna charge us close to $1,400, and needed the first $700 before they could start working on him, then they’d need the rest before they could allow us to pick him (They only keep dogs for 7 days, charge you for everyday the dog is in their facility, then send them to the pound if they aren’t paid after 7 days.)

So we had to run to the bank before they started operating to get the first $700. Which isn’t a big deal, our puppy is the most important thing to us. But when we got back, we were hurrying because it was an emergency, they kind of blew us off a little bit and took their sweet time, in a potentially life threatening situation.

So we paid up, kissed our puppy goodbye, asked about his potential illnesses, didn’t get any real answers, and left our baby with a bunch of strangers. They did manage to tell us they wouldn’t have a prognosis for several hours.

I head to work to keep my mind off things, and Richard got the day off just in case something happened. At about six o’clock Richard calls me to inform me that all of his blood work and X-Rays are perfect and that he might have some sort of doggy flu. I was so very relieved.

The next morning at 10 AM I got to pick up Stark on my day off, when I get there the nurse couldn’t figure out how much I owed, which they only charged us an extra $340 instead of the other $700. Which I am so grateful for, even though they still charged us double what a normal Vet Hospital would charge. (We looked it up!) Then they let me sit in a patient room for 20 minuted by myself, then the morning/overnight doctor comes in (She was relatively nice also, she just talked down to me like I was incompetent.) And explains how his antibiotics work.

Finally I got my baby back, he was so excited to see me! I teared up I was so happy. When they put an IV in a dog (Stark had needed one) they shave some of the fur to get the IV in, a little bit of fur, they had shaved the whole front of his leg. My poor baby looks like Raggedy Andy…

He was doing fine, but two days ago we had another scare, but we think it was just a weird side effect of his antibiotics.

Stark is doing extremely well now, we are just keeping a close eye on him.

We did start a gofundme account, just to help us bear some of the immense financial burden. We did have some wonderful family and friends come together to help us pay for his medical bills and we are so grateful.

This is the link to our gofundme:

https://www.gofundme.com/2gsu2spg

Thanks all and keep your eye out for my newest book review releasing shortly.

Book Review: I’m Thinking of Ending Things – Iain Reid

Have you ever read something so psychologically scarring and scary that you question the way you think? Well I officially have. I’m Thinking of Ending Things is one of those books that you want to read, but don’t. Then you feel the need to put it down but can’t.

You journey into a young woman’s mind and how she is thinking of ending things with her boyfriend Jake. Things quickly become confusing and horrifying as you flip through each page of this very short book. If you wanted to and had the time you could sit down and read this in one sitting, but it’ll feel like you went on an emotional roller coaster similar to a long book.

This book has a lot of odd nonsense and strange philosophical banter that fills up several pages, and depending on your personal opinion either enhances the story or causes it to be boring. I found it quite boring in some parts and exciting in the other. Don’t get me wrong a lot of the banter was relevant to the plot. but it was unrealistic banter, stuff you’d never hear people talk about in real life. Often times the dialogue and monologue runs around in circles, here’s an example, “I’m starting to feel anxious. Not really. A bit.” I understand that Reid is trying to make it add to the confusing plot, but quite frankly it’s not working for me.

I wish this book had more creepy factor towards the end, it ends kind of abrupt. But it does make you feel, in a way, that things are normal, but things progress and slowly get worse and less believable, and more frightening.

I really enjoyed some of the thoughts/take aways from this book, this quote really spoke to me, “Sometimes a thought is closer to truth, to reality, than an action.”

In the end you’re kind of left to your own devices, and I think to fully understand you’d have to re-read.

This book is definitely for adults and reads a lot like other psychological thrillers.

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3/5 on my official rating because it has an intriguing plot and great suspense, but it has a lot of unnecessary filler!